Maya-Angelou Quotes

The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
Effective action is always unjust.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
All great achievements require time.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Dont make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people cant take their eyes off of you.
Nothing will work unless you do.
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
I believe that every person is born with talent.